Sasuke slept, his chest moving up and down gently as he nuzzled closer into the blankets. Everything was quiet. The doors were locked, the curtains were closed, and the room smelled like fresh mint. Sasuke was in harmony, nothing bothering him with only his dreamless sleep and the warmth of his blankets. All was well with the world.



"Gah!" Sasuke pulled up immediately, blankets askew on the ground and eyes widening in shock. Slowly, he turned to the source of this entire ruckus. He glared. A person holding an Ipod smiled back.


"Naruto!" He leapt out of bed and chased the blonde knucklehead down, muttering colorful curses while doing so.

"Now now Sasu. Would you talk to your mother with that sort of language?"

"Shut the hell up, dobe! Get your ass back here!"

Finally, Sasuke managed to tackle his blonde friend and beat him with a pillow.

"Idiot! I was sleeping!" Naruto laughed and grabbed at the pillow.

"Yeah. At like 3 in the afternoon. What a waste of a day, teme!" Sasuke scowled and hit him one last time before stomping off angrily back to his room and throwing the covers over his head. Naruto skipped after him, grinning from ear to ear with his hands behind his head.

"Teme, you're so boring." Silence.

"Come on, it's been weeks. Let's go out into the world. We're not vampires." Snort.

"I'm glad you agree, now let's go." Roll eyes.

"Hey!" Naruto smacked the blue lump in exasperation. "I'm tired of this one-sided conversation. Let's go! Up and at 'em, princess!" Sasuke groaned and turned to glare at Naruto.




"Chicken shit."

Sasuke chuckled. Sighing, he got out of bed and went to go change. Naruto smiled softly as Sasuke disappeared into the other room.

It's been a month since Kiba and Hinata have been together. I'm glad Sasuke isn't depressed over it. He frowned. Wish I could say the same for me and Sakura. But of course, she finds a way to keep my baby away from me. Naruto scowled darkly.

Just then Sasuke came back into the room. He wore a white sleeveless shirt with a black vest and some baggy black cargo pants. Putting some earphones on, he grabbed his Ipod and looked up at Naruto expectantly.

"Hn. Ready to go?"

Naruto smirked. "Always." They walked into the sunshine.

They decided to go to Konoha's small creek near the forest. Naruto plumped himself down on the soft dewy grass and stared up happily at the clear blue sky. Sasuke sat silently down next to him, knees tight against his chest.

"So, how are you feeling?" Sasuke winced. He was never one to talk about his feelings.

"…Fine." Naruto raised an eyebrow.

"Does it bother you when you see them together?" Sasuke shrugged.

"Not really." This caught Naruto by surprise.

"Oh? Why?"

"It's not going to last."

Naruto stared thoughtfully up at the sky. Silence stretched between the two.

Finally, Naruto spoke. "…I think you should do something, Sasuke."

Sasuke raised an eyebrow. Naruto sounded pretty serious. He snorted. "Hn. And what? Proclaim my never-ending love to her like some weird stalker?" Naruto rolled his eyes.

"Well sitting here and watching them snog isn't going to do anything either." Sasuke stayed silent.

Naruto went on. "I think you need to at least build a connection with Hinata. That way, even if you can't be with her, you can at least be her friend and sort of be there for her. Then, you won't feel as if you don't exist in her life."

"I don't."

"Well then make yourself present." Naruto was getting irritated. He was tired of Sasuke's pansy attitude and being afraid of being rejected. "Jesus, teme. Your acting like some scared little school girl who forgot to tie her shoes. Grow some backbone and talk to the freaking girl."

"…I can't." Sasuke looked shamefully at the creek.

"Well why the hell not?"

"I'm afraid of being re—"

"Oh for the love of Pete!" Naruto threw his hands up in the air. "Hinata isn't going to go all Cruella Deville on you! Take a chance, man!"

"But what if I screw up?"

Naruto was about to retort but then abruptly closed his mouth. He looked at Sasuke, confused.

"What do you mean?"

Sasuke fidgeted. "…I'm saying…what if I become her friend…and I become unable to control myself?" Naruto relaxed with realization.

"She wouldn't hold it against you."

"Her father and cousin might." Naruto flinched.

"That's a totally different matter."

"And I would like to go to a totally different subject. Is Sakura still being an inconsiderate bitch?"

Naruto glared at him. "Don't call her that." Sasuke gave him an 'Are you serious' look.

"…And yes, she is acting like one." Sasuke laughed lightly. Naruto grinned sheepishly.

"Oi, Naruto! Sasuke!" Both tensed hearing their names being called from…

"Hey guys! Whatcha doin?" Ino smiled warmly down at them. Shikamaru stood by her side, scowling slightly as there were no clouds in the sky. Naruto's mouth stood agape and Sasuke rose an eyebrow in suspicion. They both thought the same line of thought.

'Shouldn't they hate us right about now?'

"Well? What are you guys doing out here? Shikamaru and I were taking a walk." Ino flipped her hair back and put a clip in the front to keep it out of her face.

"U-um…" Naruto stammered like an idiot. Sasuke rolled his eyes.

"Hn. Just relaxing." He put his hands behind his head and closed his eyes to emphasize his point. Ino nodded and Shikamaru merely shrugged.

"Hm. Mind if we join you? We were supposed to meet up with Neji, Lee, Tenten, and Sakura…" At this Naruto flinched and flickered his gaze away to the steady flowing water. Shikamaru noticed this and smirked.

"…but it's too troublesome." With that, he sat down next to Sasuke and watched the blue sky. Ino rolled down next to Naruto and began chatting away with the blonde. Naruto could only nod and shake his head in amazement as the platinum blonde went on, wondering when she was going to suddenly latch onto his throat and strangle him. Ino watched him awkwardly shift away.

Hmmm. He must think I want to kill him for killing my teammate…

Sasuke turned his head to the pair from time to time. He was curious as to why Ino was so friendly with Naruto. Suddenly, her animated chatting stopped and she looked softly at the yellow haired ninja.

"…You know I don't blame you for what you did, right?" Naruto's eyes widened and Sasuke looked up, surprised. Shikamaru only opened one lazy eye before placing a hand on Naruto's shoulder.

"I can't say I blame you either. You're no more a criminal than Sakura is and she caused you to go into such a rage." With that, he turned away. Naruto glanced back and forth between the two of them and looked sadly at the ground.

"I appreciate your forgiveness, but I'm still to blame. I shouldn't have lost my temper. I mean…." His shoulders began to shake while tears swelled in his eyes. "I killed someone. Killed your best friend. Killed the only motherly figure to me. Heck, I killed half the village. I deserve to be punished." Sobs escaped him and he brought his knees closer to him.

"Damn that stupid fox. Damn Kyuubi. Damn him to hell!" He growled angrily and stomped off away from the creek. Sasuke got up, alarmed.

"Naruto! Watch your temper!" Shit, one more false move and the council will be on both our asses! He made a move to run after him but was stopped by surprisingly Ino.

"Don't worry. I'll get him." She followed after the blonde. Shikamaru, still looking up at the sky, sighed and said it was time for him to go home. Sasuke was suspicious that he didn't seem alarmed by Naruto's anger.

"Well? Aren't you going to make sure your teammate doesn't get hurt?" He glared at the lazy genius. Shikamaru only waved him off lazily while yawning.

"Naw. Too troublesome. Besides, Naruto's not going to hurt her. Trust me. Let him cool off and go find something to do." He waved at the Uchiha and went on his way. Sasuke stared at his retreating back, surprised at his words. Shaking his head, he decided to follow them for good measure and went into the village.

Naruto sat in an alleyway, trying to recover his breath. He closed his eyes and leaned against the side of a building.

Damn. Shouldn't have overreacted like that… He chuckled weakly. His erratic breathing became more stable until it was finally back to normal. His chest heaved up and down gently.

By this time, Ino had caught up with him. She gasped for breath.

"Jesus! *wheeze* Why the *cough* hell are you *gasp* so fast?" She pouted. Naruto shrugged and gave her a small smile.

"Does Yellow Flash mean anything at all?"


"Never mind then." Ino merely shook her head. Silently, she sat down next to Naruto. They didn't say anything for a while.



"…You know…" Naruto waited for her to go on.

"…You're not a bad person Naruto." She sent him a heartbroken smile. "Chouji would have wanted to die trying to fight you, one of the strongest of our generation." Naruto looked solemnly at the ground.

"…He was my teammate and my brother. Not by birth, but in my heart he will always be my brother." She brought her knees close to her. "Whenever I was feeling down, he would always buy an extra bag of chips and share them with me, all the while trying to tell jokes." She chuckled. "Of course, all of his jokes were terrible but hey at least he tried."

She looked back at Naruto. "When I found out he died in battle, I hated you." Naruto bristled, hurt by her words.

"But I only just realized something. It wasn't Naruto I hated. It was Kyuubi. The village influenced me to hate you, but in reality, I can only hate the monster inside you." She grabbed his hand and squeezed gently. "You're not a monster, Naruto. You didn't kill Chouji. The demon inside you did that. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise."

Naruto stared at her, shocked. Could he be hearing correctly? Was Ino actually…forgiving him? Sakura's best friend? His insides went cold just thinking about her. He looked at the ground sadly. She still hated his guts…

Ino saw through his conflicting emotions and immediately let go of his hands. She didn't need to confuse him. She sighed and stood up. "Think it over, okay?" She began to walk away.

"WAIT!" Ino turned around. Naruto was sprawled in a dramatic pose with huge eyes and a gaping mouth. She stifled a giggle.


"…?" Ino looked dumbfounded at him.

She gave him a WTF look. "…Care to repeat that?"

"I said…tomorrow, do you want to go get some ramen with me?" He smiled. "Just to catch up on…stuff." Ino raised an eyebrow.

"Like what? Gossip?"

"Um. Sure. "

Ino grinned. "I'd like that." With that she left. Naruto stared at where she had been, impressed over the whole situation.

"Naruto you dog you!" Naruto gasped. Quickly, he turned to the source of noise.


"Hn." Sasuke smirked.

"How long have you been there?"

"Does it really matter?"

"Temeeeee, "Naruto whined.

"Hn. Fine. I was here the whole time." Naruto growled.

"Damn you…"

"Right back atcha. And who knew you'd fall so quickly for another girl?" Sasuke smirked. Naruto blushed in embarrassment.

"T-Teme! It's not like that!"

Sasuke raised a cocky brow. "Oh? Is that why you guys have a date?" Naruto's blush darkened.

"Bastard! It's a friendly outing!"






"Hinata!" Naruto pointed behind Sasuke. Sasuke rolled his eyes.

"Now that's just low."

"No! I mean Hinata!" Naruto still pointed behind Sasuke. Sasuke smirked.

"Naruto, that's like the oldest trick in the book. If you think I'm falling for that, you're more stupid than I–"

"N-Naruto? S-S-Sasuke?" Sasuke's smirk faltered. Slowly, he turned around.

"…Thought…" He grumbled.

Hinata was looking confusedly between the two, wondering why her name had come up. Sasuke tried and failed miserably to hide his small blush. She looked extremely cute in her phase of puzzlement. Naruto scowled at the person next to Hinata. If you could say next to her. Kiba looked like he was practically glued to her waist. He smirked at both of them.

"Wassup, my big dogs?" He raised his hand for a high five. Naruto glared coldly at him. Sasuke thought it was best to ignore him. He instead stared at Hinata from the corners of his eyes. She had her head lowered and was smiling softly. His gaze softened.

Who knew one girl could affect me like this…

"Hello, Hinata!" Naruto grinned at her. His grin faded as he refocused on Kiba.


Kiba nodded tensely. "Kyuu—oh excuse me. Naruto, "he sneered. Naruto glared angrily at him. Kiba turned to smirk at Sasuke and brought Hinata closer to his body, earning a shy gasp from her. Sasuke glared.


"Inuzuka." Kiba raised an eyebrow.

"What brings you out of your shell this fine day?" Sasuke rolled his eyes.

"Gotta stay social." Kiba snorted. Hinata smiled nervously at him. Sasuke frowned at this.

Why can't she act normally around me? He decided to take on a different approach.

"Hey Hinata." Hinata shrunk back, surprised and slightly intimidated.

"O-oh. H-Hi Sasuke…" Kiba smirked, satisfied at her personality around the Uchiha.

Sasuke decided to converse a little more. "How are things?" Hinata gave him a slight smile.


"…Hn…that's good that you're good….I'm good too…" He groaned. How many times can a person say groan? Naruto grinned beside him.

Kiba waved a dismissive hand at him. "Meh. She's always good (he flashed Hinata a suggestive wink which she blushed at) around me." Naruto gave him a disgusted look.

"Whoa dude. TMI, man. TMI."

Sasuke shot him a look of desperation. "You guys haven't really done…that…" Hinata blushed darkly.

"…Have you…?" Sasuke's eyes widened. Kiba smirked and breathed into Hinata's neck. He sent the Uchiha a sly wink.

"Who wants ta know?"

"K-Kiba!" Hinata swatted him on the arm, pouting cutely.

"Heehee. Nah, sorry perverted Uchiha. Haven't gotten that far…" His smirk grew wider. "Yet."

"K-KIBA!" Hinata buried her face in his jacket.

"What? It's true!"

Naruto glared darkly at him. Angrily, he turned away.

"I'm sorry but I must go. I indeed enjoyed the conversation on finding out who's banging who, "he whispered to Sasuke. "But I know you're not enjoying it. So do something about it before I strangle the ass whole of a mutt." Hands stuffed irritably in pockets, Naruto stomped away. Sasuke sighed.

"Hn. I think you've traumatized my friend. It's time for me to take my leave as well." He gave them both polite nods. Hinata turned her head to give him a shy smile.

"U-Um okay, S-Sasuke. I h-hope to c-c-catch up with you la—mmph!" She was cut off by a pair of lips. Kiba kissed her hungrily, sending glances here and there to the momentarily caught off guard Uchiha.

Sasuke clenched his fists together.

I shouldn't love you, but I want to

I just can't turn away

I shouldn't see you, but I can't move

I can't look away…

He watched his first love make out in front of him. It hurt. He sucked in a breath. He had taught himself how to deal with it. Just ignore them.

"I'll be going then…" He mumbled. He knew the couple didn't hear him.

I shouldn't love you, but I want to

I just can't turn away

I shouldn't see you, but I can't move

I can't look away

He walked away from them, occasionally giving quick glances at the pair. They still were locked at the lips, kissing away passionately. Somehow, this reminded Sasuke of something….like a far off memory…

He froze.

And I don't know

The movie he had watched as a genin. He gulped. The guy had watched his only love kiss another man, knowing he had lost his chance with her and would probably never love again.

Naruto. He had found out Sakura, the apple of his eye, was cheating on him with many others and was slowly pushed into madness.

He glared hard at them, teeth clenched and fingernails digging into his palms.

How to be fine when I'm not

"Hinata." He walked up to the two lovebirds, his feet picking up pace with each footstep he took.

' Sitting there and watching them snog isn't going to do anything.'

' Make yourself present.'

Cause I don't know

"Hinata." Sasuke was jogging to them. Jogging faster. Running.

'Grow some backbone!'

How to make a feeling stop

"Hinata!" He broke in between them.

Just so you know

This feelings taking control of me

And I can't help it

Kiba and Hinata stared at him, shocked. He gazed down determinately at her. He wasn't going to stand around and watch from the distance anymore. It was time to intervene. He was going to fight for her. He glared at the person behind him.

I won't sit around

I can't let him win now

Kiba definitely wasn't going to take Hinata away from him!

"Hinata, "Sasuke stated calmly. "I remember clearly you taking up my proposition to get to know each other better. Would you like to start tomorrow?" Kiba's eyes widened.

I-I don't believe it! Is he-

"U-Um. O-Oh!" Hinata had thought he was kidding. Though it was very unlikely Uchihas could kid….She smiled happily at Sasuke. "S-Sure! What time?" Sasuke smirked down at her.

Thought you should know I tried my best to let go of you

"How about 10 o clock?"

Kiba scowled. "How about never?" Hinata smacked Kiba lightly against the arm and nodded shyly at Sasuke.

"T-That sounds good." He smiled softly from beneath his bangs.


But I don't want to

"I'll pick you up at your house. It's at the Hyuuga Estates on the east side of Konoha on Bailway Ave, right?" Hinata nodded. Then she stiffened.

"H-How do you know w-w-where I live?" Sasuke froze and blushed from beneath his bangs.

"Uhhhh….Internet?" He raised an eyebrow at her, smirking slightly. Still confused, she merely shrugged and smiled at him.

"Okay. See y-you tomorrow, S-Sasuke." He turned around and waved back at them (well to Hinata anyways) and walked over to the ramen shop, knowing Naruto was probably there.

"Hn. Bye."

Just gotta say it all before I go

As Kiba and Hinata walked away, Kiba decided to send one last glare to the Uchiha. How dare he try to steal away Hinata! He was met with a shocking image.

Sasuke was giving him the middle finger, smirking widely. Kiba's glare darkened.

If it's a fight he wants, it's a fight he shall get. He stomped off.

Just so you know

FINALLY. Lol school is troublesome. Society desperately needs to come up with a chip of information to plant into our brains. xD

Review please!